The Event: After so many days of 100 degree weather, with the heat index up to 108, cooler weather will be a wonderful event!
September 23 is the first day of Autumn!
Grandparents Day September 8

Volunteers

What is the best book you have read lately? Please let us know and next month, we will publish the list.
Just hit reply to let us know.
Did You Know?

It has long been known that green apples fight off depression and anxieties. Yet, an orange a day will help you feel five years younger, stronger, and more energetic in as little as two weeks. Oranges speed your liver's breakdown of tissue-aging toxins, plus prod your brain to make energizing hormones like dopamine and norepinephrine.
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Did you Know?

Aloe's nourishing minerals have been proven to boost hair growth. Combine the gel from one aloe leaf, with one Tbs. of coconut oil. Apply to dry hair from roots to ends. Let sit for 20 minutes then rinse. Weekly.
Feeling Tired?

British researchers say when you are feeling tired, go outside, and set your eyes on greenery, which can increase your energy in just five minutes. The color green, stimulates nerve receptors in your eyes, prodding the release of energizing brain chemicals.

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The North Side HGA Coffee

On September 4, 2019, our newest board member, Derek King, hosted a coffee for HGA volunteers at Panera Bread. All that attended complimented the gathering, and said how nice it was to meet other volunteers and share their patient stories. Here is a photo of the group that attended.
Houston Ground Angels
Management Review
September 2019
 
Tony Castiglie, Vice President and Treasurer
 
In my August Newsletter, I stated that July weather had been tolerable, but August is typically Houston’s hottest. The first half of the month was especially rough with several days exceeding 100 degrees. The last half being typical. Thus far, we have escaped the hurricane season, but in Houston one never predicts the weather. Usually, around the first day of Fall, which is September 23 and formally the Autumnal Equinox, the good Lord turns on the climate switch and brings pleasant weather. How we are looking forward to it!
 
The Stats
 
August was another successful month. We had 415 missions run that was by far the best August ever and far exceeding the previous record of 256 last year. It is also the only time since the organization’s inception, back in 2000, that we exceeded 400 missions in any month. This year’s daily average is 10 missions with 68 volunteers stepping up to make this happen. Uber fulfills the difficult missions, i.e. rush hour traffic, late evening runs or short notice requests. As a result, our forecast for 2019 now is up to 3,800 missions, the most ever.

The Archangels
 
Thus far, we have run 2,549 missions, 49 percent of which were run by the Archangels, our Top 10 Volunteers. They are:
 
Top 10 Volunteers – 2019
 
1. Dick Stabell 285
2. Charles Whitworth 230
3. Sandra Begalke 202
4. David LaFargue 105
5. Tony LaRosa 101
6. Gerry Rein 70
7. Jacko Garrett 59
8. Derek King 59
9. Edie Cantu 52 and
10.Bo Hunter 47
 
  We are deeply appreciative for the dedication of all our volunteers, but take special note of Dick Stabell. Dick has averaged more than one mission a day. And how about Gerry Rein! He just joined HGA and his first mission was August 5. He has already run 70 missions. That’s more than two per day! Really special! Thank you, Dick and Gerry!
 
The real success of this organization has always been those select few who run lots of missions, some who have been with us for many years and have chalked up big numbers. The accumulative contribution of these volunteers are:
 
Total Thus Far and Still Active
 
Charles Whitworth 1,691
Sandra Begalke 1,101
Charles Gibson 823
Dick Stabell 651
Mary Hutto 636
 
  Uber
 
Uber continues to work well. In 2018, we had 599 unfilled missions. Thus far in 2019, the unfilled mission number is 26 and just two in the past five months. Uber is used only as a last resort when a mission was not chosen by a volunteer. Remember, Mission Coordinator Mary Hutto does not contact Uber until the night before a mission is to be run. So, it is best for the volunteers to avoid waiting until the last minute to check out “Open Missions.” Volunteers are certainly more preferable than Uber.
 
The downside of Uber is cost. While we are applying for many grants, they will not be awarded until later on in the year. Let’s hope our efforts to seek out grants is successful. We cannot keep this up without them.
August 12, 2019
Dear Houston Ground Angels,
Johnese and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
 
With Christian Love,
Ronda
Lugoff, South Carolina
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August 15, 2019
Dear Houston Ground Angels,
Thank you very much for the rides from Hobby Airport back and forth to M.D. Anderson in May. My husband and I appreciated your generosity.
 
Ann
Scituate, Massachusetts
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Kathy and Mary,
 
Thank you both so much for your patience with me and commitment to me and others like me. I’m 80 and such a problem child this time. Hopefully my October trip won’t be so erratic. You and your team are much appreciated.
 
Thank you!
Deidre
Forsyth, Maryland
 
New Volunteers
 
August was an excellent month for new volunteers. We had five new volunteers join us. Bill Hancock (Spring), Erica DeJesus (Near Montrose), Joe D’Amico (FM1960), Ruth Hearn (FM1960) and Myisha Jenkins (West Side). Welcome aboard and thank you for joining. You will find this a very rewarding experience.
 
Finale
 
As always, to every volunteer who steps up, thank you for your contribution. 2019 is looking good! I hope everyone had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend and peace be with you.
 
Sincerely,
Tony
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SAVE THE DATE
You are cordially invited to our Christmas/Holiday annual volunteer
appreciation celebration!
Join us Saturday, the 7th of December,
Noon- 3:00 p.m.
The Starline Theater
at 1940 Air Terminal Museum at
Hobby Airport
8325 Travelair Street, Houston 77061

Holiday Lunch Buffet Will be Served
Beer & Wine, Soft Drinks, Tea, etc.
Door Prizes and Much More!
This event is complimentary for our volunteers
and their plus one.
Please RSVP by: November 15, 2019 to:

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Do you Shop Amazon or Kroger?

If so, please go to their websites, (Kroger.com, then Community or Amazon.com and then click on Amazon Smile) and click on
Houston Ground Angels. Then Houston Ground Angels will receive a portion of every purchase! These funds will help cover HGA's overhead.
Thank you for considering this!

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Mission Anyone?

Please check the website to see if there are missions that will fit your schedule. Our patients are counting on us.